10 signs to know for Thanksgiving
Here is a themed list of 10 signs to know for Thanksgiving...
The first Thanksgiving was a feast in 1621 at Plymouth Colony between a NATIVE AMERICAN tribe, called the Wampanoag, and the Pilgrams. The Pilgrams had left England seeking religious freedom and were early settlers of the North American colony called Plymouth Colony (present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts).
The celebration of this first Thanksgiving meal is about the story of coming together in neighborly friendship and sharing a meal together in peace. It is true these groups came together for this first, friendly feast and the sentiment of celebrating family, friends, and thankfulness is a great tradition. However, for many, Thanksgiving also marks the anniversary of the National Day of Mourning. The National Day of Mourning recognizes the genocide of millions of NATIVE AMERICAN and Indigenous people, theft of their lands, and assault of their culture. Recognizing National Day of Mourning honors Native ancestors and the sacrifices of Native people today. (More information on National Day of Mourning)
In 1620, the Pilgrim SHIP called the Mayflower made the historic voyage from England to the New World. The Mayflower brought about 150 people to North America – 102 passengers from Holland and London plus the SHIP’s officers and crew.
In addition to turkey, the first Thanksgiving feast included waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, squash, and PUMPKIN. Many of these foods, with the exception of the seafood, have become a part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Many people include PUMPKIN in their Thanksgiving meal by making PUMPKIN pie.
Although not one of the foods included in the first Thanksgiving feast, NUTS have become a popular snack during Thanksgiving time and pecan pie is a favorite Thanksgiving dessert for many. The sign for NUT can be used for all types of NUTS. To be even more specific, use the sign for NUT and then fingerspell the name of the NUT you are talking about.
#10 Appreciate (and Please)
Giving thanks is all about APPRECIATING what we have, including the people in our lives that make it special. Make sure to show your APPRECIATION for others. Another sign that is Close But Not The Same and can also help you show appreciation is signing PLEASE.
It’s hard to pick only ten signs to know for Thanksgiving! (You may have noticed that I already sneaked in an extra three signs in the list above). There are so many things that people do during Thanksgiving, including EAT, VISIT family, watch FOOTBALL, watch the Thanksgiving Day PARADE, SLEEP, SHOP, and more. Full Members of Signing Savvy can see our Thanksgiving Word List to learn more signs, practice the signs using the flash cards and quizzing features with the pre-built word list, or create your own word list of Thanksgiving signs.